Majority oppose independent redistricting commission - 200 participants

Jan 07, 2017

Two bills—SB 107 and HB 203—would see the power to draw voting district boundaries in New Hampshire granted to an independent redistricting commission. Currently, the right to set borders for congressional, legislative, and Executive Council seats lies with the state Legislature. Read more about this issue here. On January 7, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH give the power to draw voting districts to an independent commission, instead of the Legislature?” 

“Should NH give the power to draw voting districts to an independent commission, instead of the Legislature?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Independent Redistricting Commission New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 200 participants gave 429 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 200 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 429 responses or reactions to this question.  Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 31 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 62% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were against creating an independent redistricting commission.  

  • “Although it's a good idea in theory, there really is no way to prove that an independent commission would be any less biased.”
  • “Any commission will not be answerable to the people and as such open to corruption. At least the Legislature is answerable to the people.”
  • “It sounds like a waste of time, money and resources.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 38%, were in favor of creating an independent redistricting commission.

  • “Unfortunately hyper-partisanship and gerrymandering by both major parties in NH necessitate such a move.”
  • “Get political aspirations out of all voting districts. Gerrymandering is anti-democratic.”
  • “Districts should be determined by census data and geography. Not by politicians.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Alternative approaches: “Develop a mathematical formula, use technology and keep people out of it.”
  • Clarification:  “The devil is in the details and this is pretty vague. How would the commission be chosen?”
  • Election policies: “Anything involving voting in NH needs to be watched like a hawk.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Majority oppose independent redistricting commission - 200 participants

Jan 07, 2017

Two bills—SB 107 and HB 203—would see the power to draw voting district boundaries in New Hampshire granted to an independent redistricting commission. Currently, the right to set borders for congressional, legislative, and Executive Council seats lies with the state Legislature. Read more about this issue here. On January 7, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH give the power to draw voting districts to an independent commission, instead of the Legislature?” 

“Should NH give the power to draw voting districts to an independent commission, instead of the Legislature?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Independent Redistricting Commission New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 200 participants gave 429 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 200 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 429 responses or reactions to this question.  Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 31 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 62% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were against creating an independent redistricting commission.  

  • “Although it's a good idea in theory, there really is no way to prove that an independent commission would be any less biased.”
  • “Any commission will not be answerable to the people and as such open to corruption. At least the Legislature is answerable to the people.”
  • “It sounds like a waste of time, money and resources.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 38%, were in favor of creating an independent redistricting commission.

  • “Unfortunately hyper-partisanship and gerrymandering by both major parties in NH necessitate such a move.”
  • “Get political aspirations out of all voting districts. Gerrymandering is anti-democratic.”
  • “Districts should be determined by census data and geography. Not by politicians.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Alternative approaches: “Develop a mathematical formula, use technology and keep people out of it.”
  • Clarification:  “The devil is in the details and this is pretty vague. How would the commission be chosen?”
  • Election policies: “Anything involving voting in NH needs to be watched like a hawk.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

SB 107 (2017), HB 203 (2017)
Bill Status: In Committee
Hearing date: Feb 14, 2017
SB 107 (2017), HB 203 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 18, 2017

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